Winter’s chill is setting in and now is the time of year when layering pieces become an essential part of your wardrobe. Although knits and cashmere are popular choices, no one can argue the most luxe layering staple is fur. But whether you can’t spring for the real deal or just don’t want to, there’s plenty of reasons these days to go faux.
Fall runways are always a visual splendor of cold weather fabrics and textures, fur being no exception. One of the most celebrated artisans, Dennis Basso, integrates fur into every cold weather collection. He maintains the trend by using fresh shapes and modern silhouettes like this long belted vest. Tucked over a tissue thin sweater or even a long sleeves t-shirt makes for a cozy extra layer of warmth. We found a similar, walker friendly version by Surell that can also be dressed up or down.
Fur coats are often affiliated with extravagance and grandeur and Carmen Marc Valvo has long been a name affiliated with such things. His textured fur coats in the Fall ’12 collection were all about opulence. But you don’t have to drop a bundle on a suitable option with all the choices out there this season. We loved the same texture and retro elegance in this wearable Via Spiga ladycoat.
If you’re still trying to make up your mind whether fur is right for you, you can try out the trend with a fantastic furry accessory. Marc Jacobs set the bar this season with his whimsical Dr. Seuss-inspired fur hats. And while we appreciate the bold gesture, we understand that a more subtle option may work better for everyday. This luxurious alternative by Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons is as warm and soft as can be and will last you every winter for probably forever.
Don’t let the cold get the best if you this season, turn winter into just another runway with fabulous faux fur pieces!
Look 1: Fur Vest
Runway: Dennis Basso Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: Surell Faux Fur Vest with Leather Belt, $150
Look 2: Fur Coat
Runway: Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: Via Spiga Rosanna Animal Print Faux Fur Coat, $375
Look 3: Fur Hat
Runway: Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons Faux Fur Hat, $626.47
– Alia Rajput
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